In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God
and God created everything through him. (John 1:1-3a)
Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God.
He existed before creation began,
for it was through him that everything was made,
whether spiritual or material,
seen or unseen. (Colossians 1:15-16a)
Nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone. (John 1:3b-4)
Every detail was crafted through his design,
by his own hands and for his purposes.
He existed before anything else began,
and he holds all creation together. (Colossians 1:16b-17)
O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
In your wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
Every one of them is dependent on you
to give them what they need to survive.
When you send out your breath, life is created,
and the face of the earth is made beautiful
and is renewed. (Psalm 104:24, 27, 30)
May your glory endure forever, O God,
and may you find joy
in the splendor of your own creation. (Psalm 104:31)
– Christine Longhurst, on behalf of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank